Israeli strike kills 2 suspected militants in Gaza

Filed on December 8, 2011

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip Two suspected militants were killed in an Israeli missile strike on their vehicle near a crowded public park in Gaza City on Thursday, a Palestinian health official said.

The Israeli military confirmed it carried out an airstrike and said it targeted two militants who were planning to infiltrate Israel.

It said one of them was involved in a suicide bombing in the southern Israeli city of Eilat five years ago that killed three Israeli civilians.

The identity of the other dead man was not immediately known.

The airstrike set off an explosion that turned the car into a ball of fire. Onlookers arriving moments later saw the body of a man sprawled near the vehicle with much of his head missing. A dismembered leg and hand of a second person lay on the ground nearby.

In all, two people were killed and five bystanders wounded, said Adham Abu Salima, an official in the Gaza Health Ministry.

Israel has repeatedly targeted vehicles carrying suspected militants in missile strikes, most recently on Tuesday when one person was killed.

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